Mama OWL Blog: Have a Fling with the Highlands in Glencoe | #ParentPanel

Have a Fling with the Highlands in Glencoe | #ParentPanel

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

North of the border lies some of the most breathtaking scenery I have ever seen. In 2011 I got to stand at the highest point of the United Kingdom, 1344m feet up on the summit of Ben Nevis, and bask in the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. The trek up the mountain wasn't as straightforward as I'd have liked (nor was the trip down, unfortunately made by Sea King helicopter after an injury sustained on the climb) but I'll always remember the experience for the stunning mountain views - not just the excitement that followed!

Standing alone and being able to hear literally nothing, not even the wind or birdsong, was surreal. It was a clear, sunny day, and you could see for miles. It was incredible.

Aside from the aesthetics, the Scottish Highlands have much more to offer. Staying at the Isles of Glencoe Hotel, you have the perfect base for your Highland break with its stunning location on the banks of Loch Leven, and magnificent mountain views.

There's no shortage of things to do in Glencoe, and you & your family will be spoiled for choice with the extensive range of outdoor activities, boat trips, watersports, walking & cycle paths, and castles to explore. There are plenty of family friendly attractions in the area including the Sea Life Centre in nearby seaside town Oban, legendary Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, the Natural History Museum on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, & the Jacobite steam train which runs from Fort William to Mallaig and back - more famously known as the Hogwarts Express route featuring the famous Glenfinnan viaduct from the Harry Potter films (a must-see for any Potter fans like us!), which overlooks the Glenfinnan Monument and the waters of Loch Shiel.

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The hotel itself boasts a vast array of attractive amenities, which appeal to us as a large family with a wide age range of children (16 > 5) to keep happy and entertained. There is a swimming pool (great for the little one & tweens) and a sauna (for mum) and all rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi - an absolute must with teenagers (heaven forbid), and of course the all important tea & coffee making facilities, perfect for enjoying a morning cuppa overlooking the loch or mountains from The Isles of Glencoe's fabulous feature rooms with their picture windows or French doors.

Feature rooms are available in twin, double and family combinations, sleeping up to 2 adults and 2 children, and some rooms can sleep up to 3 children when extra beds are used. It is worth noting that the rooms are spread across three floors and there is unfortunately no lift, so do be sure to mention if you need a room on a lower floor when making your booking. Standard rooms all have double beds and an en-suite with bath & shower, and two of these rooms have French doors leading out on to the grounds of the hotel - perfect for those who have brought their dogs along on holiday with them as The Isles of Glencoe also welcomes pets for a small charge of £10 per pet, per night.

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Scotland offers so much for all to see and do, steeped in culture and history with outstanding natural beauty it is truly the ideal family holiday destination.


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